Entering “choosing a dog breed quiz” in Google returns “Dog Choosing Quiz, Choose the Right Breed for You and Your Family with Help from Iams,” as the top sponsored of two sponsored links. The other sponsored link is also from a dog food company, Eukanuba, and reads “Choose Breed, Use Eukanuba’s breed selector tool. Get information on over 300 breeds.”
The ten results on the first page of the 32,000-plus that aren’t sponsored links are all dot.coms: including another dog food company in the 10th position (Purina), Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet, part two to an article entitled “Choosing a Dog,” from bellaonline, and a blogger’s entry on choosing dog breed quiz.
Why all of the details about who’s on the first page of a Google search for Choosing a Dog Breed Quiz? As the title of this article suggests, using the first four results, plus one of the sponsored results, we’re going to narrow down which of the dog breed quizzes to avoid, if any, and recommend which of the five results has the (relatively) best “choose a dog quiz.” That way you don’t have to waste time wading through the dog quizzes, at least the first four and the top sponsored link, since they will have already been winnowed for you. Plus, a quick overview of each cited “choose a dog quiz” can be helpful.
Hey! Some people do a lot of figuring before getting a dog. Besides, getting a dog is usually a once-every-decade or more kind of decision. Lots of things change for people over a decade. Rather than choosing a dog for oneself, someone may now need to choose a dog breed for their family, or choose a dog for a different lifestyle than how life used to be lived.
Choosing a Dog Breed Quiz: Choosing the Right Dog Breed for Your Lifestyle, for Your Family
Quickly, here are the results and why the dog breed quizzes are ranked as they are here: Note: the #1 position represents the best of the five Choose Dog Quiz cited and #5 represents the least favorable.
1) Iams: printed instructions for taking the quiz and the criteria questions are too small; one criteria category, “look of dog,” is totally mistitled; however, the number of questions, including the quality of them, do a really good job of refining details so as to match a dog to an owner. There’s even one somewhat surprising question: how much training do you plan on giving the dog. The site and the way the quiz questions are set up is nice and really efficient.
2) Dogbreed Info Center: woefully inadequate amount of questions to the “quiz” asked and quality of questions is sorely lacking; on the other hand, super personal stories are given for breed selections and great pictures of breeds, even multiple pictures per breed. Still, while personal stories and testimonies attached to each breed of dog are good, even helpful, it’s just not as helpful as a great bunch of questions that do a job of matching a dog and owner. Too, clicking the link to the pictures and descriptions of dog breeds takes you away from the quiz and opens up a new window (PC-users). Again though, give the site credit for making it easy to email your results. Adding (affiliate) links to books for each breed is a real nice touch, too.
3) Select Smart: an interesting priority scale you slide to indicate priority of each given answer to the quiz question. Just like Dogbreed Info Center the results of the quiz take you to a page where additional links about each dog breed can be clicked. The “information link and (affiliate) book link take you away from the quiz. The difference, however, is the pictures aren’t near as good as on Dogbreed Info Center. The questions were fairly refining. A somewhat surprising item was “drooling,” and whether you want to avoid a dog that drools.
4) Animal Planet: the quiz questions are smartly introduced with a paragraph or so relating to the topic of the question. It’s well done, but there just isn’t enough questions to really paint a detailed picture for someone who is really looking to give as many details as possible toward choosing a dog.
5) Doggie Dealer: total questions to the quiz-eight-which is OK if you don’t feel the need to answer a lot of questions-but, let’s be real: anyone searching for a choose a dog quiz in the first place is more than likely OK with answering a number of questions, so you may as well get as refined as possible with the questions.
Choosing a Dog Breed Quiz: Choosing the Right Dog Breed for Your Lifestyle, for Your Family (Conclusion)
Almost far and away, Iams’ Choose a Dog Quiz outpaces the other four choose a dog quizzes. The #2 and #3 rating were almost a toss-up. In fact, it could go either way: one of them has the better pictures and personal stories but lacking in quiz questions while the other has a much better set of quiz questions but poor quality pictures. Doggie Dealer turns out to be more doggie dealer than decent help in selecting a breed for your lifestyle or selecting a dog for your family. While somewhat good, overall, Animal Planet is rather disappointing in assisting with its choosing a dog breed quiz.